Marian Regional unveils new pediatric emergency unit named for donor Rancho Guadalupe | Health, Medicine and Fitness

Marian Regional Medical Center leaders unveiled a new 2,000-square-foot pediatric emergency unit in the Santa Maria hospital on Friday alongside local produce growers who helped to make the project possible.

The newly-constructed unit, accessible through a separate pediatric entrance, offers seven dedicated pediatric beds, three triage rooms, a dedicated pediatric nurse’s station and a newly-designed lobby.

Rancho Guadalupe, a Santa Maria grower of broccoli, strawberries, lettuce and other produce, donated a significant amount to the construction of the pediatric unit as part of the Marian Foundation’s $2.5 million Emergency Services Expansion Project campaign, according to hospital spokeswoman Sara San Juan.

The company’s donation was the largest the foundation received for the project, she said.

“In celebration of Rancho Guadalupe’s extraordinary commitment to the community, the expansion’s Pediatric Emergency Department … will bear the company’s name,” San Juan said. “Rancho Guadalupe’s specific support of the pediatric emergency department is particularly special as company leaders are passionate about advancing local pediatric care.” 

According to San Juan, the seven additional beds brings the total number of emergency department beds to 42, including adult beds. 

Rancho Guadalupe LLC co-owner Richard Donati said the company’s donation continues a legacy of community support that goes back to his father, Clifford Donati, and grandfather, Louis, who in 1939 helped to spearhead fundraising for Santa Maria’s first hospital, Our Lady of Perpetual Help. 

“My dad had a strong presence in the Santa Maria community, and it is his leadership and our family tradition of community philanthropy that inspired Rancho Guadalupe’s recent support of Marian’s Emergency Services Expansion Project,” Donati said. “Rancho Guadalupe’s mission is to foster a dynamic and thriving community through excellence in growing vegetables, and as such, we are honored to support this significant project.”

In June, Marian Regional leaders also introduced a new behavioral health outpatient unit on the Santa Maria campus that will offer more immediate care to individuals experiencing a mental health emergency when it opens later this year.

Photos: Marian Regional unveils new pediatric emergency unit named for donor Rancho Guadalupe

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The new Pediatric Emergency Department at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria is blessed by hospital chaplain Father Charles Hofschulte during a Friday unveiling ceremony.

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The new pediatric emergency unit at Marian Regional Medical Center is named in honor of local produce grower Rancho Guadalupe, the largest donor to the project’s campaign with a gift of half a million dollars.

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The seven beds in Marian Regional’s new Pediatric Emergency Department bring the total number of emergency department beds to 42.

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Marian Regional Medical Center’s new, 2,000 square-foot emergency pediatric unit includes an individual entrance to a newly-designed lobby, pictured Friday, as well as seven dedicated pediatric beds, three triage rooms and a dedicated pediatric nurse’s station.

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Rancho Guadalupe co-owners Richard Donati, left, and James Wesner, center, along with General Manager AJ Cisney, unveil the new Pediatric Emergency Department at Marian Regional Medical Center on Friday.

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Marian Regional Medical Center emergency medicine physician, Dr. David Ketelar, left, hospital President and CEO Sue Anderson, and hospital chaplain Father Charles Hofschulte welcome attendees to the unveiling of the new Pediatric Emergency Department at the Santa Maria hospital on Friday.

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Respiratory therapist Johnny Rios, left, and registered nurse Kelly Stettmeier observe the condition of an intubated patient isolated for COVID-19 in Marian Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit on March 10.

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Respiratory therapist Johnny Rios, left, and registered nurse Kelly Stettmeier observe the condition of an intubated COVID-19 patient at Marian Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit in March. On Monday, the number of COVID-19 patients in Santa Barbara County intenstive care units dropped to zero. 

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Registered nurses in Marian Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit show off buttons March 10 featuring the mantra “check you, check two,” reminding them to check in with themselves and others while dealing with the daily stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Marian Regional Medical Center respiratory therapist Johnny Rios sanitizes his hands prior to entering a COVID-19 isolation room in the intensive care unit in February. 

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Marian Regional Medical Center registered nurse Kelly Stettmeier checks on a patient’s file prior to entering the intensive care unit room where they are isolated and intubated for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

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A housekeeper at Marian Regional Medical Center does the critical work of mopping and sanitizing the intensive care unit area, where several COVID-positive patients are being treated, on Wednesday.

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Respiratory therapist Johnny Rios, clad in protective gear, writes observations about an isolated COVID-19 patient’s condition in the intensive care unit at Marian Regional Medical Center on March 10.

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Marian Regional Medical Center registered nurse Kelly Stettmeier applies several layers of protective gear, including an air-purifying respirator, prior to entering the room of a patient isolated and intubated for COVID-19 in the intensive care unit on Wednesday.

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A powered air-purifying respirator, also known as a PAPR device, sits in Marian Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit before being used to enter an isolated patient’s room.

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A storage area in Marian Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit holds supplies for medical staff on Wednesday.

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Respiratory Therapist Johnny Rios checks on an intubated patient isolated for COVID-19 in Marian Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit on Wednesday.

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